Category Archives: Ohio [OH]

Duration of current pollen season

I am interested in finding out what are the projected duration of the current pollen season and it’s expected intensity. Since the warmer than normal winter and spring so far has caused an early launch of the pollen this year, does it then follow that the season will be of normal duration (ie will end earlier due to the earlier start) or is it expected be longer? All these types of questions that would be posed by the typical allergy/asthma sufferer are of interest to me – submitted by George, Bel Air, Maryland

Allergy Season
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[Response from Lois (AllergyNurse)]: Excellent question and perfect timing, George! I have been monitoring this all year. By mid-February, many were already lamenting the early allergy season and, unfortunately, most agree this also means a longer and more intense dusting of pollen is in store for us this year as well.

For example, in this February 14th NBC Nightly News report, Dr. Stanley Fineman of Alanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic says the high pollen counts that were not seen last year until around the 20th of February were notable the day after Groundhog day (February 2) this year. In the same report, a spokesperson from Georgia’s Callaway Gardens noted that azaleas were blooming about a month early this year.

In this February 16th WPRI Eyewitness News report from in Providence, RI, Warwick allergist Dr. David Katzen warned, “…with tree pollen starting earlier, pollen should also be in the air longer. That means…people who have never had allergies before could experience symptoms for the first time.”

A week later, we noted these headlines on the February 24th, NBC4 Columbus, Ohio, newscast: Early and Long Allergy Season Ahead.

On February 24th, ABC News4 in Charleston, SC, ended it’s report with this warning: “Experts say just because the pollen season started early doesn’t mean that it will end early.”

Fast forward to this April 8, Toledo Blade report (Toledo, Ohio), where Dr. M. Razi Rafeeq, president of the Toledo Allergy Society with offices in Maumee and Oregon, is quoted as saying, “This year, patients started coming into Toledo area allergists’ offices for shots and other treatments about a month earlier than normal.” Dr. Rafeeq also echos a similar report to others we have seen, that “he has patients in their 50s and 60s who had seasonal allergy problems years ago, got better, but are having problems again because the season is more intense.

Just two days ago, April 9, WREG News3 in Memphis, TN, headlined their report like this: Allergy Season Longer, Stronger. This story reports that Dr. Barry Politi of Horn Lake’s Family and Urgent Care Clinic “says the severely allergic can expect to have problems off and on perhaps all summer.”

I plan to share more about this in an upcoming post.

Fall Allergy Capitals, Portland better than average 2011

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released it’s “Fall Allergy Capitals” this month. Topping the list is Knoxville, TN, followed by Dayton, OH, McAllen, TX, Jackson, MS, and Oklahoma City, OK. AAFA does extensive research each year to provide this information on an annual basis.

Each Spring, AAFA also publishes their “Asthma Capitals” list. We did a full writeup of their 2011 Spring Allergy report soon after the report was released.This year, Richmond, VA tops the list. See the AAFA complete report listing the top ten Asthma Capitals linked below.

AAFA says, “There is no place safe from allergies in America, and some cities are more problematic than others.” Our goal here at Allergy Climates is to provide a place where people in the US and around the world can share which areas are least/most problematic for them.

Portland, Oregon ranks #100 on both lists this year for 2011, topping the year for the “better than average” place to live with allergies/asthma. What is your experience with allergy and asthma in Portland?

AAFA Asthma Capitals (Spring)
AAFA Fall Allergy Capitals

Asthma and move from north to south Midwest

I work at a school in deep southern illinois, an area infamous for high pollen and mold counts and wickedly humid, high temps in the summer. A new student from northern Ohio has been having difficulty breathing when running outside for P.E. and has had to stop a couple of times under my supervision. My co-worker and I are concerned the climate change could be a reason. His mother says he is probably faking as he hasn’t had an asthma attack in two or three yrs. Is there a real basis to our theory? – submitted by EW

Allergies in Ohio, Memphis, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada

We need to move from Ohio. I am allergic to dust mites, trees that are grown in Ohio and the Midwest, and grass. My wife is allergic to molds. I can not even take my 5 year old son outside without getting Bhronchitis this year. We are looking at moving to either Arizonia, Southern California, Colorado or Nevada. Which place would be best? I lived in NW Ohio and Central Ohio except for 5 years in Memphis. My allergies have always been bad in Ohio. My allergies were a little better in Memphis. — Rick, Ohio

Tuscarawas Valley in Ohio worst place on earth for allergies, IA and MO were better

I truly believe that the Tuscarawas Valley in Ohio is the WORST place on earth for allergies — pollens & molds particularly. It rains here a lot. Which is depressing in itself. It does keep the landscape green in the summertime & that’s nice. But something is always pollinating somewhere and the molds are always with us. If allergice to grasses, trees, molds, I wouldn’t not move to this are of Ohio. I have been sick for 4 years – ever since moving here! Other places I’ve lived – in Iowa and Missouri – I had some allergy problems but nothing like here. – Linda, Ohio

Ohio, California, Portland, Vancouver, Maui, Arizona

I developed allergies in my early twenties. I lived in Northeastern Ohio for a few years and was miserable (grass mostly). Northern California was horrible as soon as the grass began to flower. Couldn’t breathe in Portland. Thought I was going to die in Vancouver,BC. Started to develop asthma.

The only thing that helped anywhere was air conditioning. I was also told about chewing local honeycomb (spit out the wax) starting about a month before pollen season begins. This actually worked for everything except the grass (bees don’t go for grass I guess :o(

Makes sense. The pollen is in the honey and by eating the local kind, one slowly assimilates the local pollen. But what to do about grass?

I’m on Maui now. Different grasses but the Waddle trees here leave enough pollen to coat a house! Shorter season than grass though, and not quite as bad. Cost of living here is killing me instead!

Still looking for comfort. I’m considering Arizona. Any comments??? — BGS, Hawaii

But if you live in Cincinnati

Rainy weather boosted the pollen count this fall in places like Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

But if you live in Cincinnati, Ohio, take heart! Here’s an excerpt from the August 27, 2006, issue of The Cincinnati Enquirer which quotes Anna Kelley, quality assurance and monitoring coordinator for the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services:

Ragweed pollen should be peaking about now….

[but] as far as ragweed goes, “we’re a little behind last year’s values, which is fine,” Kelley said.

See the entire Enquirer story here: Dry August eases allergy symptoms.

Cleveland, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia

I am from Cleveland, OH where I had hay fever and the occasional sinus infection. In 1998 I moved to the metro Atlanta area. My allergies proved to worsen and I developed asthma. I cannot play outside with my kids and suffer frequent sinusitis that often becomes bronchitis. This weekend my ear drum even ruptured. This is after all kinds of meds and 5 years of allergy shots. I want to move back to Cleveland, Oh to at least be able to play outside with my kids. — BAM, Ohio

Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Michigan

I grew up in NE Ohio and had hay fever every Fall.

I moved to Daytona Beach, Florida for college and never had any allergies, except for 2 bouts of exercise-induced asthma.

Nine years later I moved to Savannah, Georgia and never had a problem at all.

Next I took a job in Michigan and have never been so miserable in my life. I lived around several lakes and unless the ground was frozen outside I was completely miserable with severe hay fever. Claritin-D helped but while I was pregnant I could not take it and I wasn’t sure what was worse for the fetus; sneezing convulsively 5 million times a day or taking a pill.

Now we have moved back to NE Ohio, and while the allergies are less severe, I now have allergies through the winter as well. They hit me every evening and I rub my eyes raw. I still take Claritin D but it isn’t that effective. I am going to an allergist next week to see what I am allergic to.

We are planning a move back to Florida next year. I hope that I can escape my severe allergies there as I did before. — C.D.T., Ohio

[Originally posted to on April 13, 2004]